Nicholas W. Waterbury

Nicholas W. Waterbury

Ph.D. Student in Political Science

About Me

I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis . Originally from southern Michigan, I obtained my B.A. in Political Science in 2016 from Michigan State University . I then joined the graduate program at WUSTL, earning my A.M. in Political Science in 2018. Outside of the discipline, I enjoy spending time on the tennis court, walking my Labrador Mix , and traveling an excessive distance to watch sporting events.


My research answers questions in American politics using statistical analysis. I am primarily interested in the behavior of federal judges on the US Supreme Court and the US Courts of Appeals. I also study their intractions with the elites of the legal community, including prominent interest groups and the Solicitor General. In my work, I have made use of newly collected data, while emphasizing analysis on the contemporary courts. Methodologically, this has required a working knowledge of programming for parsing and scraping legal documents. Apart from my projects in judicial politics, I have also studied the effect of voter ID laws and political scandals in congressional elections. My work has been published in  Political Research Quarterly.


Information on my dissertation will be coming soon!